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Article: Transboundary pollution between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong: threats to water quality in the Pearl River estuary and their implications for environmental policy and planning

TitleTransboundary pollution between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong: threats to water quality in the Pearl River estuary and their implications for environmental policy and planning
Authors
Issue Date1998
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09640568.asp
Citation
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1998, v. 41 n. 3, p. 375-396 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Pearl River (Zhujiang) is the largest river system in southern China. The river, which is approximately 2200 km long, discharges into the South China Sea through an extensive deltaic area to the west of Hong Kong. Water quality in the river is under threat from a variety of sources associated with industrializationand urbanization in the Pearl River Delta Region (PRDR). Hong Kong's location on the eastern bank of the Pearl River estuary means that the quality of its western marine waters is likely to be increasingly influenced by the Pearl's pollution burden. Little published material exists on pollution in the Pearl River, or the potential impacts of transboundary pollution on marine water quality in Hong Kong. This paper focuses on this issue of transboundary water pollution between the Delta Region and Hong Kong. Specifically, we present the results of a preliminary analysis of water quality data for the Pearl River. The paper demonstrates that the major potential problem affecting the Pearl River is organic pollution, and that the principal sources of pollution affecting the Pearl River estuary, and consequently Hong Kong's western waters, are the Shenzhen River, the upstream Guangzhou section of the Pearl River, and the Dongguan Canal. We estimate that less than 5% of untreated domestic sewage discharges affecting the estuary derive from Hong Kong itself. The paper also discusses the implications of transboundary pollution in the context of environmentalpolicy making in Hong Kong and argues that more extensive and effective co-operation and collaboration between Hong Kong and mainland agencies should be developed to address these concerns.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89771
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dc.contributor.authorHills, PRen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Jen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T10:01:36Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:01:36Z-
dc.date.issued1998en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1998, v. 41 n. 3, p. 375-396en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0964-0568en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/89771-
dc.description.abstractThe Pearl River (Zhujiang) is the largest river system in southern China. The river, which is approximately 2200 km long, discharges into the South China Sea through an extensive deltaic area to the west of Hong Kong. Water quality in the river is under threat from a variety of sources associated with industrializationand urbanization in the Pearl River Delta Region (PRDR). Hong Kong's location on the eastern bank of the Pearl River estuary means that the quality of its western marine waters is likely to be increasingly influenced by the Pearl's pollution burden. Little published material exists on pollution in the Pearl River, or the potential impacts of transboundary pollution on marine water quality in Hong Kong. This paper focuses on this issue of transboundary water pollution between the Delta Region and Hong Kong. Specifically, we present the results of a preliminary analysis of water quality data for the Pearl River. The paper demonstrates that the major potential problem affecting the Pearl River is organic pollution, and that the principal sources of pollution affecting the Pearl River estuary, and consequently Hong Kong's western waters, are the Shenzhen River, the upstream Guangzhou section of the Pearl River, and the Dongguan Canal. We estimate that less than 5% of untreated domestic sewage discharges affecting the estuary derive from Hong Kong itself. The paper also discusses the implications of transboundary pollution in the context of environmentalpolicy making in Hong Kong and argues that more extensive and effective co-operation and collaboration between Hong Kong and mainland agencies should be developed to address these concerns.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09640568.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Environmental Planning and Managementen_HK
dc.titleTransboundary pollution between Guangdong Province and Hong Kong: threats to water quality in the Pearl River estuary and their implications for environmental policy and planningen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0964-0568&volume=41&issue=3&spage=375&epage=396&date=1998&atitle=Transboundary+pollution+between+Guangdong+Province+and+Hong+Kong:+threats+to+water+quality+in+the+Pearl+River+estuary+and+their+implications+for+environmental+policy+and+planningen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHills, PR: phills@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09640569811641-
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dc.identifier.hkuros32234en_HK

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